Emotionally charged Youth Ambition Awards
At CDS we pride ourselves in making a difference to the lives of individuals and communities in the UK. In this spirit, we were delighted to sponsor the Project or Campaign of the Year award.
The awards, organised by Northamptonshire County Council, were presented at a special event at Wicksteed Park on 28 June to recognise some of the fantastic things being done by children and young people across Northamptonshire.
It was a very emotional event. There was a Special Recognition Award at the end which was awarded to Thomas Hollick who was nominated but had sadly passed away with brain cancer before the awards night. One of his school friends came up to accept the award and understandably was in tears – as was everyone else in the room.
CDS Print and Creative Services Director David Burton said: “CDS is pleased to be able to support Northamptonshire’s Youth Ambition Awards 2017. This is a fabulous initiative designed to get the Community to focus on the remarkable things our young people have achieved. As a firm advocate of apprentice schemes and the real benefits that apprentices can bring to a business, CDS is delighted to sponsor The Project or Campaign of the Year Award. Today’s gifted apprentices are the future of business and potentially tomorrow’s business leaders.”
The 2017 winners
Some of the county’s most inspiring young people were honoured at Northamptonshire’s fifth annual Youth Ambition Awards.
Young Apprentice of the Year – Kizzy Minter
At an early age, 17-year-old Kizzy became interested in mental health and worked to pursue a career in this area by becoming an apprentice with Teamwork Trust, a charity that helps people with additional needs.
Project or Campaign of the Year – Hide and Seek LGBTQ Group
Aged from 14 to 16, this dedicated group of young people are working together to provide social opportunities, run community events, and provide resources and support for other young people from the LGBTQ community.
Young Role Model of the Year – Austin Major-Howard
Fifteen-year-old Austin is a young carer for his mum and helps to look after his five siblings. This all while working to achieve his ambition to become a motor sports technician. Austin has managed to secure a place to study engineering at Tresham College’s Silverstone centre and is funding his studies by running his own car wash business at weekends and in the school holidays.
The Taking Charge of Your Life Award – Emma Cormack
Emma, 17, had a difficult start in life and was separated from her family at an early age. She is in foster care and has overcome many barriers to get her to where she is today. Emma is working hard at an apprenticeship in childcare where she shows passion, dedication and care.
The Arts Award – Y Not Arts volunteers
These six young volunteers give up their Saturday mornings to support children and young adults with disabilities to take part in music and drama sessions at Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust.
The Get Active Award – Tom Judd
Despite being diagnosed with congenital adrenal hyperplasia, 16-year-old Tom refuses to let his health issues hold him back and is currently taking part in a sports leadership programme. Tom also volunteers at sports clubs for primary school aged children and tennis coaching.
The Health and Wellbeing Award – Elaina Falvey
For over a year, one of Elaina’s close friends has suffered from seizures. Elaina has taken a lead role in assisting her during her seizures, getting help and working with other students and staff to help them understand what to do.
The Special Recognition Award – Karl Glover and Thomas Hollick
Care leaver Karl is a talented musician who uses his skills as part of a youth project to get young people off the streets and give them a focus and outlet through music. He uses his experiences of growing up in care to make improvements for other young people in care. Thomas has been committed to pursuing his love of sports, despite undergoing chemotherapy and brain surgery. Even when he did not feel well enough to take part, he attended fixtures to support his team-mates. Since Thomas’ nomination, he has sadly lost his battle with cancer.